Medical Negligence Solicitors

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

At Patient Claim Line we know that suffering an injury is incredibly distressing. But when that injury arises through medical negligence, the last thing you need is even more stress. That’s why our expert solicitors are on-hand to help. Patient Claim Line is the highest-rated medical negligence solicitors on TrustPilot because our friendly team help guide you through the whole legal process with care and compassion. We place all our clients at the centre of our work and will fight for the justice you deserve.

Since 2014, we’ve supported people just like you in bringing a medical negligence claim forward in Darlington and the surrounding area. This includes GPs and hospitals as well as dentists, opticians and care homes. We have helped victims of misdiagnosis, delayed treatment and substandard cosmetic surgery get the compensation that they deserve, so they can move on with their lives. All cases are represented on a No Win, No Fee basis, so you can get access to expert legal advice without having to worry about costly legal fees.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence happens when a medical professional fails to deliver the expected standard of care. This can happen at any time during the medical process; from an initial consultation with a GP to receiving ongoing treatment or undergoing surgery. Whatever the circumstances, if you have been let down or left suffering due to negligent care, then you may be entitled to make a claim. As medical negligence specialists with a combined experience of over 400 years in medical negligence cases, our friendly legal team will talk through your individual circumstances and help you find out if you have a claim. Find out more about medical negligence here.

How do I bring a medical negligence claim against a Darlington hospital or Trust?

Call free today to speak to one of our highly-rated solicitors. Our nationwide team has won cases for people in your area and can quickly assess if you have a claim. When you speak to one of our experienced legal advisors, they will ask you some questions to determine what kind of medical negligence occurred and the severity of your injuries. If we find you have a case, you will proceed on a No Win, No Fee basis. Find out more about the Medical Negligence Claims Process.

How much compensation could I claim against a Darlington hospital or GP?

Compensation can vary from a few thousand up to millions of pounds depending on the severity of your injury. Reports show that County Durham and Darlington NHS trust paid out £5.8m for wrong and delayed diagnoses in 2019 (source: The Northern Echo). In order to understand how much compensation you may be eligible for, a lawyer will need to assess whether medical negligence occurred, and that it was this negligence specifically which led you to suffer avoidable pain, injury or life-changing consequences. Your settlement figure compensation will be based a number of factors; such as loss of income due to inability to work, or costs directly associated with your injury.

At Patient Claim Line our experienced solicitors can handle legal cases across 15 NHS Trusts within the North East. For example, after successfully claiming against County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, our client was awarded £1 million. We work hard to understand the details of your case to ensure we get the outcome and compensation you deserve.

We’ve helped people in Darlington since 2014

We have successfully won medical negligence cases against Trusts in your area, relating to misdiagnosis, delayed treatment and fatalities. We have helped victims who have suffered negligence during pregnancy and birth, when receiving optical or dental treatment and who have experienced debilitating injury whilst under the care of hospitals and care homes. No matter where you live or the nature of your claim, if you have suffered due to negligent medical care then our experienced solicitors can help.

No Win No Fee medical negligence advice in Darlington

If you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, the last thing you want to worry about is expensive legal fees. At Patient Claim Line we believe everyone has the right to fair legal representation if they have suffered due to negligent care. Our No Win No Fee approach means that if we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay a penny – providing you have complied with every step of the process. If your case is successful, an agreed percentage will be taken, and the terms of the agreement will be fair and transparent from the beginning. Find out more about No Win No Fee claims.

Contact a solicitor that serves your area in Darlington

Our solicitors represent claimants nationwide and have experience bringing claims against Trusts in Darlington, including:

  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG
  • NHS North Durham CCG
  • NHS South Tees CCG
  • NHS Sunderland CCG
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Claim types covered

Our expert team has successfully settled cases across a number of different specialisms, including (but not limited to):

Why choose expert medical negligence solicitors that serve Darlington?

With over 100 expert solicitors and 400 years combined legal expertise, we are confident that we will bring some of the best legal minds in the industry to your case. We’re owned by leading UK law firm Fletchers, and are the highest-rated medical negligence specialists on TrustPilot. We win cases because we listen to our clients and have the experience to see your claim through.

What our customers say about our Darlington medical negligence solicitors?

“Patient Claim Line were very, very good throughout all of this, Amy Kirk who handled my case has been super.”

– Customer Feedback, Anon

Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.